The Move to Virtual

The Move to Virtual

Jeff Bender, DVM
UMASH Director

I’m missing seeing people in person. Yet, over the past few months, nearly all of our UMASH interactions are being handled virtually.

We’ve successfully connected with our partners through a number of activities:

  • We brought our mental health network and resources into a Public Health Institute course. Students developed thoughtful community intervention plans for supporting agricultural communities.
  • Community forums that were planned to happen on the farm moved online. Two “Aging on the Farm” forums connected participants to existing resources and stimulated discussion for potential partner projects.
  • We often see many of you at farm shows. This year we did this online as well. We co-hosted “Staying Safe and Staying in Business” with the Minnesota Safety Council at this year’s Minnesota Farmfest and hosted the first UMASH Online Expo
  • The UMASH Online Expo featured three days of live programming, demos, and over 40 exhibit booths. If you couldn’t join us, we’d welcome you to visit the Expo which will remain open through the end of November.

UMASH has quickly pivoted to the virtual world.

We’ve adapted and responded with expanded programming and reach. We are committed to supporting our farmers, farm workers and their families through our efforts. However, we do hope to see you in person again soon.

Stay Healthy and Safe,
Jeff